International Law Study Trip to Palestine
for Canadian Lawyers & Leaders
Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law and Just Peace Advocates are organising a 10 day International Law Programme in autumn 2019. The programme plans to host 20 legal practitioners and leaders on the field of international law from Canada including field visits, presentations, and discussions led by professionals and experts on the question of Palestine and International Law.
The programme introduces the legal context and situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and analyses it through international law. The program evaluates the application of humanitarian and human rights legal frameworks in the OPT, it introduces the historical context and its developments. Moreover, the programme gives the opportunity to participants to appreciate the situation and impact on the ground of the military rule and judicial system, settlement expansion, access to land and water and exploitation of natural resources and the role of transnational companies, permit system, situation of Human Rights Defenders, refugees, forced population transfer detention policies, among others. The program will have a special focus on Canadian laws and legislative and judiciary developments in relation to the OPT, in addition to Canadian non-state actors and transnational corporation’s activities and other themes.
Presentations and Locations:
Participants have the chance as well to meet with Canadian diplomats in the country, Palestinian Authority officials and representatives of Palestinian civil society organizations, local communities, Palestinian and Israeli human rights NGOs and international organisations, such as the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, Addameer, Diakonia, Defense for Children Palestine, BADIL, Zochrot, 7amleh, Baladna, Arab Association for Human rights, Adalah and B’Tselem, among others. Concerning locations, the programme includes visits to refugee camps, unrecognised and displaced villages, communities under threat of displacement and affected by settlement expansion, as well as relevant cities and areas, such as Ramallah, Hebron, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jordan Valley. *
Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Al-Haq documents violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the OPT, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator, and seeks to end such breaches by way of advocacy before national and international mechanisms and by holding the violators accountable. The organisation conducts research; prepares reports, studies and interventions on breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law in the OPT; and undertakes advocacy before local, regional and international bodies. Al-Haq also cooperates with Palestinian civil society organisations and governmental institutions in order to ensure that international human rights standards are reflected in Palestinian law and policies. The organisation has a specialised international law library for the use of its staff and the local community.
Al-Haq is the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists – Geneva, and is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO). Al-Haq alongside B’Tselem, is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Human Rights Award of the French Republic.
Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law
Al-Haq’s 40 years of experience defending human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), has provided Al-Haq with outstanding expertise in the practical application of international law and international human rights law. In July 2009, this rich history inspired the organization to establish the Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law, with the aim of transferring its accumulated experiences to new and accomplished human rights defenders, professionals, journalists, diplomatic missions, students of law, and postgraduates in international law and human rights.
The Center, based in Ramallah, Palestine, is the first Palestinian civil society body to specialize in the practical application of International Law. The center combines theory and practice to enhance the capabilities of local civil society and staff working for international agencies in the OPT by providing them with essential applied knowledge and legal background to understand the context and violations on the ground. The center aspires to become a focal point of learning for human rights defenders, civil society actors, and professionals who wish to systematize their work and link international law to violations that are taking place in the OPT.
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
A Canadian based independent human rights organization promoting Just Peace/Paix Juste through the rule of law and respect for human rights in Canada and around the world for the Palestinian people and those that stand in solidarity for the human rights of the Palestinian people. Our vision is to provide a civil society voice focused on government, institutional and society’s accountability to the rule of law, and the standards of international human rights and humanitarian law for the rights of the Palestinian people. The work of Just Peace Advocates is accomplished through research, monitoring, education, communications, advocacy, programs and services.
Schedule of the 10 Day Tour
October 13th- Arrival and pick up from the airport and drop of in Ramallah.
Day 1. October 14th– Presentations and meetings at Al-Haq premises. OPT legal background. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 2. October 15th– Presentations and meetings in Al-Haq Premises. Work of human rights organizations in the OPT; including Gaza. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 3. October 16th– Field visit to Ofer Military Court Watch and Jerusalem area. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 4. October 17th– Visit to the Jordan Valley. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 5. October 18th– Visit to Bethlehem and refugee camps. (Accommodation in Bethlehem)
Day 6. October 19th– Visit to Hebron old city. (Accommodation in Bethlehem)
Day 7. October 20th– Visit to Jerusalem and a displaced village. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 8. October 21st– Visit to Haifa, Nazareth and depopulated village in the Galilee. (Accommodation in the Galilee)
Day 9. October 22nd– Visit to the occupied Syrian Golan. (Drive back to accommodation in Ramallah)
Day 10. October 23rd-Closing day- and meeting officials in Ramallah. (Accommodation in Ramallah)
October 24th– departure.
The cost is $2,000 USD (10 days) for each participant, which includes accommodation (single), meals and transportation for the full length of the programme. Air fare is NOT included.
Accommodation is included in price and will be the following or similar:
Ramallah: Royal court (4 stars)
Bethlehem: Al Jaser Palace:
Galilee- Nazareth: Al Jaleel Hotel
Approximately $300 USD savings if shared room, and may be possible to reduce costs with more modest accommodation for those wishing to do so.
$750 Canadian non-refundable deposit due by September 15, 2019, to Just Peace Advocates. This would be deducted from amount payable to Al Haq in Ramallah on arrival.
Delegates will pay remainder once in Al-Haq premises in USD dollars and in cash and will receive a receipt from the financial department.
For further information, and to book, contact Just Peace Advocates, firstname.lastname@example.org
*The list, organizations and location might vary depending on the final itinerary put collectively by Al-Haq and Just Peace Advocates.